What are the literary devices used in "Richard Cory"?

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A few of the word choices Robinson makes in the first stanza work, metaphorically, to compare Richard Cory to a king. The speaker says that Cory is a "gentleman from sole to crown" (line 3) and that he is "imperially slim" (4). Although the word crown can refer to the top of the head, which makes sense in this context, it can also refer to the object a king wears on his head. This might not be significant on its own, but when we see the word imperially on the next line—a word that refers to an attitude that befits or is suggestive of an emperor—the choice of crown , with its two meanings, seems intentional. (The speaker even calls Cory "richer than a king" in line 9.) Connecting these word choices, we gather that Richard Cory is being compared to someone of royal status, in the first stanza,...

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